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Job Title:Biologist - DE - NIAID

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIAID-DE-14-1020751

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 14, 2014 to Friday, April 18, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Hamilton, MT View Map


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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

This position is located in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Research Technologies Branch (RTB), Research Technologies Section (RTS) , at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.


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  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.


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As a Biologist you will lead and conduct Next Generation Gene Sequencing data analysis in the Research Technologies Branch.  Additionally, you will perform the following duties and functions:

  • Independently plan, develop, implement, and manage all Next Generation Sequencing data analysis efforts, approaches, and protocols under study.
  • Utilize Illumina and Roche 454-specific software, hardware, and server systems to analyze Next Generation Sequencing data including Linux and Unix operating systems.
  • Evaluate progress of Next Generation Sequencing data analysis efforts to ensure that they are proceeding as planned.
  • Develop new Next Generation Gene Sequencing data analysis methods and collect, analyze, organize, and record Next Generation Sequencing data appropriate for publication and future reference by others.
  • Manage the day-to-day operation of local Central Processing Units (CPUs) which interface with a wide range of servers and Information Technology (IT) equipment


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Basic Qualification Requirements:

You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s (or graduate) degree in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position, from an accredited college or university.


You must have a combination of experience and education which includes courses comparable to a major in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position, AND appropriate experience or additional education which demonstrates similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements indicated above, you must meet the additional experience requirement as described below:

Specialized Experience Requirement:

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS- 12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: designing, organizing, and conducting original Next Generation Sequencing data analysis and interpreting scientific implications; resolving a wide range of problems in the analysis of data involving Next Generation Sequencing by applying, adapting and modifying software, hardware, and computational server systems, procedures and techniques; evaluating Next Generation Sequencing data using state-of-the-art bioinformatics algorithms and computational servers; and publishing results in scientific journals or other related professional publications or presenting information at scientific meetings.


Selective Factor:

In order to meet minimum qualification requirements you must demonstrate possession of the selective factor(s) of this position.   Selective factor includes: Skill in utilizing Next Generation Sequencing data analysis technologies. 

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This position has an education requirement.  You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts       (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package.  Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts.  Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Friday, April 18, 2014, to be considered.


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.



PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.


A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)



  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)


For additional information, click on the links below:


Additional Information on How to Apply


Information on Reasonable Accommodation


For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or


The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, April 18, 2014.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.


John Barr
Phone: (406)375-9601
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, April 18, 2014, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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